The Odds of Getting Even

I hazily woke up from a night of dreaming, faintly aware of a soft buzzing. It grew louder and I could just make out the scent of fresh cut grass. Ah, summer, I thought. Early morning lawn-mowing always marks the start of summer. Later that day as I sat outside, there was a clunk, clunk…

Around the World in Eighty Days: Part 2

Well I finished my adventure Around the World in 80 Days. And it was a rollercoaster. A fun, exciting, mind-blowing rollercoaster, as all are. I have to tell you that there will be spoilers in this article, so if you want to ride the roller coaster without knowing about the surprise water splash at the…

Around the World in Eighty Days: Part 1

I have to admit that I had never gotten more than 20 pages into a Jules Verne. But, things were very different this time. My sister had never really read a “classic” before so she decided to try Around the World in Eighty Days, and boy, did it surprise her. She loved it. It was…

What I Learned From My 2019 Reading

It’s that time of year again! Time to start another year of reading. One reading challenge over and on to the next reading resolution. Last year, I did a sort of competition with two of my friends. We battled away, reading as many books as we could, trying to read the most books on our…

Is Lord of the Flies Worth All the Hype?

“Words could not express the dull pain of these things.” As I read Lord of the Flies, these words rocked my whole being. They flooded into every corner of this story. These words were whispered in hushed tones, then spoken through lips staring out to sea, then shouted over the bathing pool, then in panicked…

How Ender’s Game Changed My Life

I watched Ender’s Game recently and it reminded me of the book that changed my life. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch to say that it changed my life, but it most definitely changed me. And being a changed person can most definitely change your life. I read Ender’s Game in high school English….

Pride and Prejudice: Personality types

I love Jane Austen, her writing is timeless. Her tales from two centuries ago still resonate with readers today. Austen’s characters are what really propel me to keep reading her work. She peels masks off of them to reveal the truth of personalities. Austen knew how to make a character feel real. Strengths and weaknesses….